Since I’ve been on my health kick, I’ve had alcohol three times – once on a Saturday after a bloody stressful week, and a couple of times over Valentines weekend. I’m sure I’ll drink this weekend too since I’m going home today to see my family and celebrate a whole host of birthdays. However, since hitting the big 2-1, my hangovers aren’t what they used to be. At the tender age of 19 I was able to get some fresh air for 2 minutes and the headaches would subside but now it takes a whole day of moaning and a lot of greasy food to get me past it. Is this my body’s way of telling me to quit alcohol for good?
My group of friends are pretty big drinkers, and for the first two years of uni I drank a lot. I think most of my weight increase came from the litres of vodka and mixers I crammed into my system over that period of time. This has calmed down a lot recently but it just means that when I do go out, one cocktail turns into 5 cocktails and 2/3 of a bottle of wine. And not a nice head/tummy the next day.
A number of things, other than just the hangovers, have got me thinking about why I should stop drinking and I thought I’d compile a list of all the reasons I’ve come up with.
- It makes my anxiety/depression worse – two drinks fine, three drinks usually messes me up a bit, an any more than that is just a disaster. I’m a mess the following day.
- Weight gain – alcohol is full of empty calories that I don’t need in my system.
- The last time I drank heavily in 2015 I ended up in A&E – read all about it here.
- Money saving – every time I buy a bottle of wine, that’s a lipstick that I’m not buying. And I know what would make me happier in the long run!
- I won’t feel like my liver is crying the day after a binge – do you get that too?
Let’s be honest, I’m not going to give up drinking completely. Sometimes that glass of rosé on a Saturday night is exactly what I need to chill out, and I like to be able to toast a special occasion with a glass of champers too. But I’m definitely cutting down and I’ve not really missed it over the last month (apart from after my stupid stress management courses which make me come out way more stressed that I go in).
What are you thoughts on drinking? I know it can be a touchy subject but I’m always interested to know.